Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own.  When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream.  Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty.  With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually attempted before! Like many delicious desserts, a good pound cake recipe starts with sugar, eggs and butter.  You can reduce your carbon footprint and eat more naturally by choosing organic butter, farm fresh eggs and Wholesome Sweeteners unrefined … [Read more...]

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own. Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up the grains the night before, this pilaf recipe is incredibly easy to make in just a few minutes. Using Stonyfield yogurt for the dressing means you are adding very few additional calories, which is always nice during swimsuit season! For the grains in … [Read more...]

Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

Tiramisu Dip Recipe Makes a Simple Summer Dessert

As a Hamilton Beach Ambassador I was provided with the mixer I used to create this recipe but all opinions expressed are my own. Have you ever found a recipe online and said "YES!  I want to make that!" and then realized that...well, you either don't have or can't find several of the ingredients in the darn thing?  That is where a little bit of creativity comes in!  I saw a delicious Tiramisu recipe on Food.com. I thought it would make a great summer dessert for backyard barbecues or just feeding hungry children over summer vacation.  However, my grocery store doesn't apparently think that Mascarpone cheese is important enough to keep in stock and I was too lazy to drag myself to the liquor store for a bottle of Kahlua.  Oh, and did I mention I have a lame coffee maker that only makes … [Read more...]

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

Avocado and Greek Yogurt Dip Recipe

This avocado and Greek yogurt dip recipe has been sponsored by Stonyfield yogurt and Late July chips.  I am a Stonyfield Farms ambassador but all opinions expressed here are my own. Growing up in suburban Connecticut I never once saw an avocado.  I don't think I could even tell you as a child what one looked like.  We ate rather traditional New England food and while I love baked beans and pot roast, there was very little international cuisine on the menu.  Fast forward to life after college and I am down in Houston, Tx getting overwhelmed with new foods and flavors!  It was an amazing food scene and it definitely opened my mind to new food possibilities. Over the last couple of years I have become obsessed with guacamole.  The creamy texture and bold flavor is quite addicting.  … [Read more...]

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

Spicy Yogurt Dipping Sauce with Herb Seasoned Potato Wedges

This seasoned potato recipe with yogurt dipping sauce was inspired by products I received to review at no charge however all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the things I love most about the holidays is the opportunity to get together with family and friends.  Whether it is a big Thanksgiving dinner, a Christmas Eve gathering by the tree or a Saturday afternoon of watching football,  having family and friends around makes the season a happier one!  In my house, having guests over means that I must feed them.  Not that they demand it (or at least not all the time!)...but something ingrained in my psyche says that if there are people visiting then I must cook for them.    I love finding easy appetizer recipes that are also healthy.  Not that I don't love a good bowl of queso or a … [Read more...]

Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

Giving Tuesday, Social Good and Giving Back with World Vision

This post about social good and giving back this holiday has been sponsored by World Vision but all opinions expressed here are my own. As we enter into the busiest time of the year for shopping and gift giving, people are starting to whip out their credit cards and make their shopping lists.  Kids want video games, grandma wants new slippers, husband has his eye on a fancy alarm clock.  These are all great and wonderful gift ideas but what about those people in other areas of the world who are struggling just to survive?  Giving the gift of clean water, farm animals, or books for the classroom would be a great way to give back to the less fortunate this holiday season. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their … [Read more...]

Need Medical Advice?  Try the Urgent Care App for Your Smartphone

Need Medical Advice? Try the Urgent Care App for Your Smartphone

This post about the Urgent Care app for your smartphone has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. When I am not at home blogging for a living I work part time as a Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician for a national drug store chain.  One of the things I spend an awful lot of time doing there is answering the  phone for people who need urgent care medical advice.  We get all sorts of questions about disease symptoms, medication allergies,  and a lot of 'what do you think is wrong with me?'.  Many people do not have a primary doctor (or enough money to see them regularly) so they rely on our pharmacist for a lot of their urgent care needs.  We don't mind doing it, either, but what happens when we go home?  Our pharmacy is not open 24/7.  Where can people go for … [Read more...]

Fitness Confidential Book Review and #Giveaway

Fitness Confidential Book Review and #Giveaway

This Fitness Confidential Book Review and giveaway post has been sponsored but all opinions expressed are my own. Getting in shape seems like a goal that I never actually achieve.  I work at it a lot. I eat healthy..most of the time.  I exercise...sometimes.  Okay, I exercise when I start to feel guilty and my pants are starting to not fit any more.  It isn't that I don't WANT to get in shape.  I just seem to lack the motivation.  I am slowly working at it, though, and if you want to get in shape, too, than Fitness Confidential might be a good resource to help guide, motivate and amuse you along your journey to healthier living! Title:  Fitness Confidential Authors: Vinnie Tortorich and  Dean Lorey ISBN:  978-1939337924 Publisher:   Telemachus Press, LLC (June 27, … [Read more...]

Need Honey Recipes? Try The Fresh Honey Cookbook!

Need Honey Recipes? Try The Fresh Honey Cookbook!

This post has been made possible by a book I received at no charge to review.  I hope it comes in handy if you are looking for honey recipes!  All opinions expressed here are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies in return. I am not a big believer in coincidences.  A few weeks ago I received The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen to review and in the same exact week I received a case of organic honey to review as well.  That cannot be a coincidence...I am pretty sure there was a higher power at play there!  Now I find myself browsing through dozens of honey recipes just trying to decide what to make first!  Keep your eye on the blog in the coming week if you love honey … [Read more...]

Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

Tips to Boost Energy and Make it Through the Afternoon Slump! #sponsored

These tips to boost energy were inspired back a selection of products I received from Cascadian Farms but all opinions expressed are my own. My summer vacation has finally drawn to a close.  Family trips are finished, company has gone home and the children are back in school.  Instead of feeling productive today, however, I am in serious need of a nap.  During the chaos of summer we were always on the go and there was never TIME to be tired.  However, now that I am trying to get back into blogging, housework and errands it seems like I have zero energy.  I look at the pile of laundry, the mountain of bills, and the dog hair covering every surface and I seriously wonder how I am going to find the energy to get my life back in order.  Sure, I have the lists all ready and goals written out … [Read more...]